You’re gonna love this: On this week’s Friday Nooner, Chaz Felix, who co-founded Bronto Software with Joe, served as a co-host for the first time.
Our featured guest Haley Huie, the Director of NC State’s Entrepreneurship Clinic, talked with Joe, Chaz, and GrepBeat’s Social Media Manager Jackie Sizing about all things entrepreneurship. Inspired by a university teaching hospital model, the Clinic offers research, teaching, and hands-on experience. Additionally, it hosts the Andrews Launch Accelerator, a startup accelerator program for recent NC State graduates. (We covered the Aug. 30 Demo Night that concluded its most recent summer program here.)
Here are some highlights:
- The crew discussed some local tech news and funding. Recently, Durham digital health startup Pattern Health received $3.3 million in Series A funding. Local investors Cofounders Capital, The Launch Place, and Triangle Tweener Fund participated in this round. Also, Karly Pavlinac, co-founder and former CEO of the exercise app WAAM, posted a viral LinkedIn post about sending her resume to Nike as a cake.
- Joe talks about attending a Bronto reunion at Bull McCabe’s yesterday. NetSuite and Oracle’s announcement that they will officially close Bronto Durham offices seven years after their acquisition ignited the reunion. Chaz and Joe reminisced about some memories, including the company-wide tradition of playing “Assassin.”
- Haley, an NC State alum, then reveals they also played a version of “Assassin” within the entrepreneurship programs. Since joining the entrepreneurship team in 2015, Haley has served many roles, but she started her new role as Director of the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic. She also teaches entrepreneurship courses at the University and leads the summer program for K-12 students. During the show, Haley talks about the various types of students she sees, the importance of hands-on experience, and what entrepreneurship looks like within a university.
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